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14 top entertainment picks for July 1-7, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the first dance of the summerlong Dancing 'til Dusk series, at Occidental Square; the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West's free patriotic concert at Benaroya Hall; and science-fiction/fantasy rock star George R.R. Martin at Town Hall.
'Where Do We Go Now?'
Nadine Labaki's new film focuses on a spirited troupe of women trying to protect their families from violence in an isolated Lebanese village where Muslims and Christians live side-by-side, not always peacefully. A careful balance of comedy, music and poignant drama, it won the top award at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Lisa Kudrow's comedy series returns for a second season of online therapy. Meryl Streep guest stars on the season premiere. 11 p.m. Monday, on Showtime.
'A Capitol Fourth'
Celebrate our nation's independence with this annual broadcast from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Featured performers include Phillip Phillips, Megan Hilty, Matthew Broderick and the National Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by Tom Bergeron. 8 p.m. Wednesday, on KCTS.
Italian Garden Party Extravaganza
Serafina Osteria and Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar throw their second annual Italian Garden Party Extravaganza with live music and food in the courtyard connecting the two Eastlake restaurants. 2-10 p.m. Sunday, 121 E. Boston St., Seattle; free, with $5 food and drink tickets (206-859-4155 or serafinaseattle.com/events).
Wooden Boat Festival
Historic vessels, free boat rides, toy-boatbuilding activities, craft and skill demonstrations, food vendors, music, 10.a.m.-6.p.m. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle (206-382-2628 or www.cwb.org/2012Festival).
Seafair Pirates Landing
You've been warned, mateys! 2012's Seafair gets started with the popular pirate landing (noon), festivities, food and music by Texas Flood, Full Metal Jacket, the Wages of Sin and others, 9:30 a.m.-2.p.m. Saturday, Alki Beach Park, Seattle (www.seafairpirates.org).
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Milk Carton Kids
The torchy, full-throated Canadian belter has won four Grammy Awards and eight Canadian Juno Awards, as well as four nods from GLAAD for her support of gay rights. Last year's album "Sing It Loud" was her first in 20 years with her own band. 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle; $38 (www.zoo.org). Tickets are also available at the zoo during regular hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Rock the Mural Amphitheatre
Experience Music Project salutes Seattle Center's 50th anniversary with eight bands on the campus' Mural Amphitheatre: Vendetta Red, Grand Hallway, Fly Moon Royalty, Seacats, Candysound, Special Explosion, Brothers From Another, Dungeon Science. 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center; free (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org).
Freehold will stage Shakespeare's tragedy on its 2012 Engaged Theatre Summer Tour. The troupe will take "Lear" to nontraditional sites such as prisons and Harborview Medical Center — but the public will have a chance to see it, too, in free performances starting this week. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Seward Park Amphitheatre, 5898 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle; free, but reservations required (206-323-7499 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
The annual orchestra festival continues its tradition of top-drawer guests: This year's lineup includes pianist Jeremy Denk, violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Lynn Harrell. Denk opens the fest with an all-Mozart program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, 516 High St., Bellingham; $12-$43 (360-650-6146 or www.bellinghamfestival.org). Note: The festival continues through July 21 at various venues.
U.S. Air Force Band
of the Golden West
The band, comprising a select group of musicians from Travis Air Force Base in California, will celebrate the nation's birthday (a day early) with a free concert of Sousa marches, Glenn Miller tunes and patriotic favorites. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Note: The concert is free, but tickets are required. Pick them up at the Benaroya box office. Seating is guaranteed for ticketholders until 10 minutes before the concert begins. (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Dancing 'til Dusk
Does summer make you feel like dancing? Indulge yourself with this summerlong series of social sashaying on a real dance floor at venues around Seattle. Music is provided by DJs or live bands. First dance of the season is 7 p.m. Thursday at Occidental Square, South Main Street and Occidental Avenue South. The dances continue Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30; visit www.seattle.gov/parks for sites.
George R.R. Martin
If you want to see a genuine science-fiction/fantasy rock star, check out George R.R. Martin, in town to discuss "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring," the latest installments of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (the televised version of the series' first book, "A Game of Thrones," currently is wowing HBO viewers). 7 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10 (800-838-3006 or www.townhallseattle.org).
Seattle's Freeway Park is getting a lift this summer with "Flying Freeway," a series of sculptural kites created by local artists. The kites will remain on display into September. Phase 1 opens Sunday, with Phase 2 on July 15 and Phase 3 on July 29. 700 Seneca St., Seattle (www.seattle.gov/parks).